How To Make Money As A Dog Sitter

When your monthly income flow doesn’t line up with your expenses, it’s time to get creative.  How will you find the time to make extra cash in your busy life?  If you’re a dog lover, the answer is easy.  Become a dog sitter!  It’s not only flexible, but it’ll fill the gap in your monthly budget.  Plus, you don’t have to start from scratch.  Rover.com has an online platform with a cross-country network of pet owners searching for dog walkers and sitters.

With Rover.com, you customize a dog sitting business that’s right for you with an online profile.  Here’s how it works:

Set your schedule

Whether you work one job or multiple jobs, you determine the best days and times that work for you to dog sit and post it online. It’s easy for pet owners to see your availability and book you for appointments.

Determine your dog care services

You have the option to offer a variety of services that appeal to a wide range of pet owners searching for what they need online. Consider offering drop-in visits, doggie daycare, dog walks, house sitting at a pet owner’s home, or even boarding dogs at your place. The more options you provide, the better chance you have to book clients and build your business.

Set your rates

For each dog care service you provide, consider what you’ll charge. The time you spend on a drop-in visit to feed your puppy friends will be less intensive than boarding dog clients at your place over the weekend. Pick fair and competitive rates that are a match for what pet owners are willing to pay in your local area. You may also offer add-on services or holiday rates that give you a little boost to your cash flow.

Determine your doggie preferences

If you love puppy sitting but can’t risk potty accidents at your new place—customize your dog care! On your profile, you can specify the sizes of dogs you’re able to work with for each dog care offering. No room in your little car to drive big dogs to the park? Be clear about the types of dogs you can care for.

When your profile is ready, you will complete a background check. Rover.com reads every new profile to ensure you’re ready for business. As soon as you’re approved, you can begin accepting clients. Rover.com also provides resources to promote and grow your business. We look forward to including you in our national dog sitting network!


Written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

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